canoe

While it's weird to think about paddling in two weeks when there is a fresh six inches of snow on the ground, all that shoveling should be good training for the Snake River Canoe Race, right? I did the event for the first time in 2012. As a newbie, it was a bit of a mystery how it all worked, but afterwards I remember being impressed by how smoothly everything ran. Note: If at all possible,...
As Slim and I approached another mild-looking rapids on the Snake River, we saw that some other racers were capsized at the bottom. They were wading around in the chest-deep water, fishing their gear out and trying to free their canoe, which was submerged and pinned by the rushing water. This got our attention. We stopped paddling and started scoping out the rapids. It didn’t look like much,...
John Latch: A Conservation Pioneer   The June sky turned an angry thunderstorm blue bringing rain down on John A. Latsch, canoeing near Camp Glory, now Bass Camp, on the Mississippi River above his hometown of Winona. Latsch, a wealthy, 47-year-old grocer, loved to fish, hunt and explore the byzantine backwaters of the Mississippi River in his little boat. Back in 1907, the Mississippi River...
We have known this for a long time and now it is official. Minnesota was named the “Best Trails State” in the nation by American Trails, a national trails group. Mark Holsten, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said this is the result of hard work of many different trail groups. "Active partnerships with all trail users and support groups are the cornerstone of...
Ken Pentel believes if you are going to run an ecological campaign for governor you should at least spend some of your campaign time traveling on a bike or in a canoe.         Since starting the Ecology Democracy Network in 2008, Pentel, who doesn't own a car, has logged 7,000 miles. He also took a three-week bike tour of Central Minnesota and a three-day canoe trip campaigning down the...
      Over the years we've looked at tents, sleeping bags, water filters, stoves, all the usual stuff.  But, no matter how you slice it, there is a finite amount of stuff that anyone needs to get outside.  That ineluctable fact leads to a question: what, besides gear, is essential?              What if it wasn't about more, but about less? A lot less? What if you could fundamentally change your...
           I’ve been dreaming of canoeing the chain of crystal clear mining and natural lakes at Cuyuna Country Recreation Area ever since I rode their paved bike trail in 2006. The old Cuyuna mine was abandoned some 30 years ago and became a 5,000-acre recreation area in 1993.             The pits filled with spring water and the undeveloped shoreline grew aspen and pine trees perfect for a...
To get to the Little Yellow Banks canoe landing at St. Croix State Park, you first drive five miles of paved road from the highway to park headquarters. Then you drive another five miles of gravel road to the landing. By the time you get to the landing, you feel like the hustle and bustle of modern life is pretty far away. The river–wild, undeveloped, beautiful–does nothing to dispel that feeling...
  by Dave Simpkins Trails Editor   Birch bark canoes, sled dogs and living near Grand Portage has brought Erik Simula as close as a person can get to the lives of the early voyageurs and Ojibwe people.   Last summer, he learned firsthand what it is like to paddle 1000 miles over 108 days, as he fulfilled a lifelong dream of paddling the Arrowhead in his handmade birch bark canoe with his 40-pound...